The Uganda prisons service spokesperson, Frank Baine says they are overwhelmed by the number of inmates clogged up in the holding cells. His comments come after a delegation of EU officials raised congestion complaints to the Commissioner general of prisons, Johnson Byabashaija tasking him to address the matter with urgency.

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Speaking to the press on Saturday, Baine said they are apparently seeking another UGX 30 billion to construct at least 5 more prisons of Kitalya level to cater for the number of inmates in detention.

“We are apparently having over 60,000 inmates in our prisons countrywide,” Baine said. “We seek to address the problem of congestion in our cells and the only way is to widen our budget,” he added.

The 5 new prisons if constructed shall help the government decongest its filled cells were many supporters of NUP are still detained since the electoral season closed.

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